Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering
Groundbreaking research from the Madonna Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering brings new and exciting innovations and treatments to our patients. These efforts are a vital extension of Madonna’s mission—to equip those who have sustained injuries or disabling conditions with the necessary tools to resume activities that give their lives meaning. Work done by the three Centers of Excellence teams in the past year has advanced patient care at Madonna and influenced the field of rehabilitation sciences nationally and internationally.
Movement and Neurosciences
The Movement and Neurosciences team helped children and adults with physical disabilities and chronic conditions improve their walking and fitness through a rigorous training program on the ICARE, an Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical trainer. ICARE technology developed for adults has been refined to address the needs of young children through funding provided by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. The patented ICARE is marketed in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
The Communication team developed and tested technology that allows all individuals regardless of ability to control a computer and communicate. The team is a key partner in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Their work and other innovations have restored communication for individuals unable to talk due to conditions such as severe strokes and head injuries.
The Rehabilitation Engineering team generates innovations that bridge the domains of rehabilitation, engineering and computer sciences. The result—enabling a toddler and his parents to navigate an adapted motorized child-sized car in the community, allowing individuals with limited ability to use their hands to control their environment and communicate, and providing clinicians practical technology solutions to improve the lives of their patients.